Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

All set (pun intended)!! Just deciding between the flatware! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday. I am grateful every day to the amazing people I have met through this endeavor! Cheers to you all!!

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Monika Chiang Preview

Monika Chiang Preview

Monday I ventured down to SoHo to visit the new C Wonder store. Chris Burch is a brilliant marketer and the happy spot brims with bright colors and touch me temptation everywhere you look. But I won’t dwell on this venue since so many others have covered it.

Afterwards we walked across Prince Street to another of the entrepreneur’s recent ventures – girlfriend Monika Chiang‘s preview store. While the designer’s permanent digs are being prepared, this temporary location serves to introduce a small collection in advance of the official spring opening. What a different feel from Burch’s signature colors that we’re accustomed to seeing at ex-wife Tory’s emporiums, C Wonder or Poppin.…

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Moonlighting at New England Home

Moonlighting at New England Home

Since 2005, New England Home Magazine has been showcasing great regional architecture and design. Its upscale approach to inspiring and wide ranging projects, makes it an essential read for all those interested in New England style. From the coast and islands to urban and mountain settings, each issue invites us into a carefully curated selection of beautiful homes across our six states.

From this feature on Eric Rosenberg and Michele Kolb‘s restoration of a classic colonial Nantucket home (photographed by Michael Partenio).

to well known architectural designer Louise Brooks and husband Ned’s charming shingle style house, around the corner from me in Rowayton (photographed by Tria Giovan)

to the sensitive renovation of Sandy and David Goodkind’s seaside summer house in Stony Creek by architect Tony Terry (photographed by Michael Partenio), we are treated to insider views of both the creation of and life within these beautiful homes.…

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An Updated Classic

An Updated Classic

I’m definitely liking the direction new editor in chief Jay Fielden is taking with Town & Country. With a stylish new design and fonts with flair, reading has never been more aesthetically pleasing. And it’s always fun to see that although there’s been updating, I still feel on the same wavelength with their inspirational spirit. And that is how it should be for a venerable institution like T&C.  Starting at the beginning, I totally concurred with Fielden’s assessment of Steve Jobs in his Editor’s Letter and loved the reference to The Razor’s Edge, one of my favorite reads!

photograph by Mikael Colville-Andersen

I was then thrilled to see the mention of Mikael Colville-Andersen’s campaign for Velorbis bicycles.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Yes it’s back!! At the Movies took a little break over the last few months but is back today with one of my all time favorite classics. I thought about featuring a Thanksgiving related film but decided to wait til next week when we’re all just recovering from our tryptophan induced lethargy. If you’re in the mood, please do visit two of my favorites of the season here.

I can’t recall the segue in my mind that led me to my movie choice today – no doubt some obscure circuitous route – but was quite surprised to realize I had never featured Alfred Hitchock’s Rebecca.…

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Tania Vartan: Coming Full Circle

Tania Vartan: Coming Full Circle

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting John Rosselli’s showroom to see the new fabric line from Tania Vartan. What a delightful morning! Not only did I get to spend some time with several friends I don’t often see, but Tania’s tale was so inspiring and fascinating that we were all entranced by her incredible talent and creative life.

The designer, above, is wearing one of her creations, surrounded by Ronda Carman, Carolyn Sollis, Christina Juarez and Linherr Hollingsworth.

A southern debutante from Kentucky, Tania’s creative spirit has taken her on an amazing journey of incredible experiences around the world, leading an enviable life that is the stuff of young girls’ dreams.…

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

I must say that time got the better of me this week. There just wasn’t enough of it to get all the work done and also get some sleep!! So here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come.

The Keno brothers’ new collection for Theodore Alexander.

Talented Tania Vartan’s new collection at John Rosselli.

And if you have time, be sure to check out Martin Lawrence Bullard’s gorgeous new collection for Schumacher. I recently attended a market day at the ever resourceful Wakefield Design Center where representative Dennis Reck presented the collection along with the rest of the beautiful new Schumacher line.…

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Talbots Treats for Spring

Talbots Treats for Spring

A couple of weeks ago I attended a preview of Talbots‘ spring 2012 line. Although it was gray and rainy outside the hydrangea were in full bloom in the bright and sunny showroom. What a fun line-up is coming. Talbots continues the trend we saw on the spring runway shows – lots of color, florals and pattern mixed with geometrics and bright accessories.

See the mix of the rose floral jacket with the brushstroke rose-print blouse? You will see quite a bit of this type of coordination come spring.

But best of all? Lots and lots of orange!! See it mixed with other brights

Or in fun tailored accessories.…

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Katie Ridder Rooms

Katie Ridder Rooms

My local independent bookstore, Barrett’s, asked if I would write the design book reviews for their holiday newsletter again this year. As I am thrilled to have a brick and mortar location nearby where I can actually look and feel before I buy, I of course happily agreed. As always, there are many tempting volumes this season but as soon as I opened Katie Ridder Rooms I knew it was something special.

As a former publishing art director, I appreciate when the actual production of a book is as beautiful as the designs it features. Many are attractive with fabulous photographs but very few show the attention to detail that this volume does.…

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Pimlico Premiere

Pimlico Premiere

I had actually intended a different post for today but after attending  a festive event celebrating the reopening of New Canaan, CT design destination Pimlico in its fabulous new location, I knew you would enjoy seeing some shots of the space. I had mentioned this chic outpost of style in my very first Behind the Q when the Tilton Fenwick team and I visited the store in its previous home.

Owners Melissa Lindsay and Jill Saunders have been the sole proprietors of the business for the past three years, bringing this small shop to the attention of all local design mavens.…

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